Well that went well.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but yesterday the BBC did more to raise awareness among employers about the prevalence of fake degrees and the people prepared to cheat their way into a job than we could do in a year.
In the build up to the File on Four programme on Radio 4 last night which we contributed to, there was coverage all day.
The BBC online article I read at 6am yesterday morning was followed by segments on every radio news bulletin through the day.
I talked about the importance of employers making proper checks on the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC2*
The Jeremy Vine Show** picked up the baton at lunchtime with James Reed from Reed Recruitment revealing that when they analysed 10,000 CVs, 24% contained exaggerated degree results.
Twitter boosted the signal and I checked with our techies that the Hedd website would be able to cope.
The newspapers have picked up the story too and we are contributing to pieces in print and online.
The revelation on the programme that 3000 people in the UK bought fake degrees in just a two year period (2013-14) from one large degree mill operator shocked employers across the country. The programme went on to reveal where these people are working – including in the health sector.
MP James Frith from the Commons Education Select Committee (and my local MP) was on the programme too and pledged to take action after being staggered by the scale of the problem.
It was a brilliant platform to get the message out about the importance of making proper verification checks. Thank you BBC.
*the item starts at 36 minutes if you’re skimming through.
** about 70 minutes in.